Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 2 days ago

Morse was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ring finger Tuesday, retroactive to May 24, Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Suffering through an ugly season at the plate, Morse has not started a game since Wednesday, although he did make pinch-hit appearances Friday and Saturday. His recent reduction in playing time may be related to the injury, but it's also possible Morse was just benched for poor performance. With Justin Bour sporting a .960 OPS through 52 at-bats this season, Morse may be limited to a bench role once he's healthy.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 3 days ago

Morse is out of the lineup again Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Make it five in a row on the bench for Morse, who has seen his role reduced dramatically under new manager Dan Jennings. The 33-year-old Morse is batting .211/.268/.289 in 138 plate appearances, whereas Justin Bour is 18-for-48 (.375 average) with three doubles, two homers, five RBI and a 5:8 BB:K.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 4 days ago

Morse remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

Morse is sitting for the fourth straight game as new manager Dan Jennings continues to stick with Justin Bour in the middle of the lineup. Considering that Morse was inked to a two-year, $16 million this offseason, it seems unlikely that the Marlins will completely scrap More as an everyday player, but it may require a Bour slump before Morse gets his next chance to see regular at-bats.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 6 days ago

Morse is not in the starting lineup Friday against Baltimore.

Justin Bour is making another start at first base, while Morse takes a seat against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 1 week ago

Morse is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

Morse has struggled to get much going since mid-April, and has just one hit since May 12, so he will be held out Thursday for the third time in six games. Justin Bour will start at first base for the Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 1 week ago

Morse is not in the lineup Monday for the second time in three days, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

Morse went 0-for-2 Sunday and has not recorded a hit since May 11, so he will get another day off Monday. Justin Bour will get the start at first base in Morse's place.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 2 weeks ago

Morse is out of Saturday's lineup against the Braves, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Morse is likely just resting with Jeff Baker taking over at first base. The 33-year-old's average is now down to .214/.276/.291 and still only has two home runs and nine RBI, putting his fantasy value is in free fall.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 3 weeks ago

Morse will return to the lineup Thursday against the Giants, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Morse sat each of the last three contests in favor of Justin Bour at first base, but will rejoin the lineup again Thursday. He's gone 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in his last three starts, dropping his average to .193 on the season, but will look to turn things around beginning Thursday.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 3 weeks ago

Morse will sit for a third straight day Wednesday against the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Morse has now yielded three straight starts to Justin Bour at first base, which could signify a change. Bour has excelled in a pinch hitting role to begin the season, and it has now earned him some playing time while Morse's .193/.253/.284 start has sent him to the bench. Nobody within the organization has confirmed a swap, but it looks as though Morse's grasp on the position has loosened at the very least.

Michael Morse 1B/LF MIA 3 weeks ago

Morse is not in the lineup Tuesday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

Morse, who is hitting just .193 on the season, will cede the starting first base duties to Justin Bour for the second straight night. Morse has started to see more time on the bench of late and will likely need to pick things up with his bat to regain a regular spot in the Marlins' lineup.